Invincible

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Released 2002

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Director:
Werner Herzog
Released:
2002
Rating:
PG-13
Invincible is a 2001 historical drama based on the true story of Zishe Breitbart (World's Strongest Man 1997 and 1999 Jouko Ahola), a Pollack born to a Jewish blacksmith who becomes a nationally renowned strongman in Berlin during the late 1930s as the blond Aryan hero Siegfried. The strongman's lone benefactor, Hanussen (Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominee Tim Roth), wishes to set up a Ministry of the Occult in the German Nazi Government, under Hitler. Zishe is quickly forced by the pre-world war anti-Semitism to take refuge in god and a local rabbi. The decision to continue his ingenuine role as a Samson seems to fall short of the virtue that Zishe is hungry for. He is led to believe that his destiny is no longer to lift heavy things for the amusement and amazement of the easily swayed, but instead is to warn his people, the Jews of Germany, of the impending dangers of their Political climate.

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    If Invincible is soft at the center, its visual grandeur and mostly full-blooded performances make it gripping, for this eminent German director has pulled off the tricky feat of e...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    The period is evoked with care and imagination, and the film glows with Peter Zeitlinger's cinematography. It has some bravura images and surreal moments typical of Herzog, and com...

  • 40

    Variety David Stratton

    This potentially intriguing story winds up being dull and at times faintly silly.

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